Seafood Stuffed Peppers

The first time I ever had a stuffed pepper, it was like eating an overcooked, over-sauced, sloppy Joe without the bun. I shudder at the memory … nowadays, I love, love, LOVE, stuffed peppers when made with seafood and tons of other fresh, healthy ingredients. Not only do they taste amazing, but they’re easy to make, can be done days in advance and stored in the fridge until ready to cook. And if you make too much of the stuffing, just freeze it to use another time. Bonus, the whole family likes them. So here’s a quick and easy recipe for another winner winner chicken seafood dinner.

A few notes on the ingredients …
Pine nuts—clearly, these are optional. If someone has an allergy, don’t use them. But if you can, then I highly recommend using them as they add a nice flavor and slight crunch.
Protein—I used to always use ground turkey for these but now I also make them with either chunks of good quality tuna and shrimp. When the Parmesan melts it gives the peppers a sort of sophisticated tuna-melt appeal. Tempeh is also a great option for vegans.
Bell peppers—I like to use a combination of colors (red, orange, yellow, green) but any kind works.
Spinach—I recommend using fresh, but frozen works too just make sure you get all of the excess water to drain before using.
Grain—I’ve used wild rice, black rice and quinoa. My favorite is the wild rice but either works.

Seafood Stuffed Peppers
6 bell peppers
2 cups grain (see notes above)
2 lbs of fresh spinach OR 2-3 boxes frozen
½ cup pine nuts (optional)
3-4 tbsp olive oil
4-5 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion
3-4 stalks celery, sliced into small pieces
2 cups protein (read notes above)
1 ½ cup Parmesan, grated
Salt and pepper to taste

Cook your chosen grain as directed. Meanwhile … if using fresh spinach: boil water and submerge spinach for 60 seconds to blanch. Drain completely—I like to use a ladle to “smash” or push remaining liquid out of spinach into the bottom of the colander—and set aside. If you use frozen spinach, unthaw, drain all excess liquid, chop and set aside.

Cut tops off the peppers, place base-side down on baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove from oven and set aside.

Spread pine nuts on baking sheet and broil for 1-2 minutes. DO NOT leave the pine nuts unattended. They burn quickly and they’re expensive so pay attention! When they’re browned, remove from the oven and let cool.

Saute garlic, onion and celery in olive oil for about 5 minutes. Add protein and cook on med high, stirring often, for 10-15 minutes. When done, pour into large mixing bowl, add spinach, pine nuts, protein, grain, 1 cup Parmesan, salt and pepper. Stir until fully mixed.

Arrange peppers in baking dish and one at a time, stuff until they’re completely full. Top each stuffed pepper with a bit of Parmesan. Make a tin foil “tent” over the top and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove tinfoil, bake an additional 5 minutes, or until Parmesan is slightly browned. And that’s it! Serve with any side that floats your boat … we usually opt for some kind of crusty bread and call it good. Enjoy!

A note about my recipes … most of what I cook isn’t a precise science. It’s look, taste and feel. And I encourage you to cook the same way. Add a little more of this, or a little less of that … and pay attention … and before long you’ll be a wiz at cooking seafood.

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Hey there. I’m Shauna—a West Coast transplant in the landlocked state of Indiana … when I moved here I missed the beaches, the mountains, the desert, the rivers … and it took me a while to find places nearby that paralleled my old stomping grounds. BUT. Now that I’ve lived here for over 15 years, I’ve had time to explore the region and you know what? It’s amazing. There’s so much to do—from skiing in northern Michigan to relaxing lakeside in southern Kentucky to rocking the nightlife in one of the many metropolitan areas. And I love it here. I really do. BUT. I do miss the sea … and the sand and the rush of the waves … the smell of seawater … even the sting of too much sun after a day spent lollygagging at the beach. And I miss the constant supply of seafood and shellfish and riverfish? About that … since I’ve moved to the Midwest I’ve noticed that a lot of people here don’t consider fish that come from the river seafood … I’m not sure I agree, but hence the new word I’ve created, “riverfish” … time will tell if Webster picks it up ; ) So my blog, Seafood is The New Black, is my way of bringing a little bit of sea life (or is it sealife?) to the Midwest. And over on Seafood in the Circle City, you can read up on my favorite Indianapolis restaurants that serve seafood, and serve it well. As you read along, you’ll find all kinds of information … some that you might find more useful than others—and some, you might just find amusing … or not. Either way, and if nothing else, I hope you leave my little space here on the world wide web a little refreshed and maybe even a little inspired to bring a little bit of the ocean home with you. (Yes, I did use the word “little” four times in one sentence … it’s OK … mermaids like to repeat themselves.) Cheers! The Midwest Mermaid Oh, and if your curious, yes, I do actually write for a living … if you want to know about the organizations I work with and the publications where you can find my land legs, swim on over to the “Portfolio” tab … and thanks for visiting.

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